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by Istronian
Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Staying In
Replies: 23
Views: 3766

Re: Staying In

I may well be wrong but I don't think the reciprocal healthcare arrangement is anything to do with EU membership.

The UK has these arrangements with many countries, including countries outside the EU, and they were negotiated with each country separately.

Ian
by Istronian
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:47 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Upturned bottles on fence posts.....
Replies: 10
Views: 3488

Re: Upturned bottles on fence posts.....

If they are on top of steel reinforcing rods it is done to prevent stabbing yourself on the sharp "blade" left by the bolt cutters. I have a nice scar on my arm from when I caught it on the end of a reinforcing rod which sliced it just like a knife. If the bottles are on wooden posts then ...
by Istronian
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Monitoring Progress
Replies: 8
Views: 1862

Re: Monitoring Progress

I happen to know the General who was Chief of Staff of all the Greek forces at the time of the Imia crisis so I have some independent knowledge of what went on back in 1996. It was not handled well by the Greek government and I cannot imagine the current Greek government handling the present tensio...
by Istronian
Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Visa Waiver System
Replies: 37
Views: 6776

Re: Visa Waiver System

British holidaymakers face paying for £10 visa to visit the EU under Brussels security crackdown Warwick I could also interpret it as not applying to business trips! As you say, each paper follows its own agenda but in the case of the Mail it is anti EU on weekdays but pro EU on Sundays. Perhaps th...
by Istronian
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Round and Round We Go
Replies: 74
Views: 10690

Re: Round and Round We Go

Before this thread is consigned to Slobovia, mainly because of the emotional, some may even say hysterical rhetoric, Hysterical rhetoric? Now who is ramping up the emotions? Your statements of facts are based on the opinions of 3 judges in a court case. Can I remind you that the government is conte...
by Istronian
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Round and Round We Go
Replies: 74
Views: 10690

Re: Round and Round We Go

We are not going to agree on this Ian. We have different standards. You have no idea what my “standards” are - so don’t try to adopt the moral high ground. You may know some of my opinions and beliefs, freedom of speech for all and democracy, for example, but these have nothing to do with standards...
by Istronian
Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Round and Round We Go
Replies: 74
Views: 10690

Re: Round and Round We Go

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2016/11/liz-truss-has-failed-spectacularly-and-should-resign I agree.....Liz Truss should resign! (See link). I can understand T. May wanting to stay out of it all, but I think that Amber Rudd as Home Secretary should have shown Government support from the 't...
by Istronian
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Round and Round We Go
Replies: 74
Views: 10690

Re: Round and Round We Go

The worst thing in these lamentable events is the attack on the judiciary by some newspapers and politicians and the failure of the Lord Chancellor to defend the judiciary beyond a feeble statement. The independence of the judiciary is vital to the protection of citizens' freedom. Indeed it is, and...
by Istronian
Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Round and Round We Go
Replies: 74
Views: 10690

Re: Round and Round We Go

This thread is in danger of becoming unpleasant again. Even when people like Nigel and Warwick provide facts, others seem to question their 'word.' No one is questioning their word, only their opinion. This is what makes a discussion possible. The lines between facts and opinions are becoming incre...
by Istronian
Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Round and Round We Go
Replies: 74
Views: 10690

Re: Round and Round We Go

Referendums are not legally binding, and can be ignored by Governments if they so wish. Where did this come from? Do you have a legal precedent or source for this statement or was it invented when they did not get the answer they wanted? Cameron clearly promised that the referendum was binding. He ...
by Istronian
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Round and Round We Go
Replies: 74
Views: 10690

Re: Round and Round We Go

Only parliament can make and unmake laws. The purpose of article 50 is to allow existing UK laws to be unmade. Therefore article 50 must be approved by parliament. Warwick Parliament had a say when MPs voted by 544 to 53 to give the British people a referendum. Parliament accepted it might be givin...
by Istronian
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: TV reception
Replies: 3
Views: 1294

TV reception

Every evening around 11 pm the picture on our terrestrial TV starts to break up and becomes unwatchable. This happens every night although the time can be up to half an hour later. Questions: Does this happen to anyone else in the Agios Nikolaos area? Is it local interference and if so what could it...
by Istronian
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: A website listing British expat property and used cars for sale?
Replies: 30
Views: 7050

Re: A website listing British expat property and used cars for sale?

While my view would not be as extreme as Ian's, because I have not had the same experience as him, I also can see no obvious reason why I should trust an ex-pat more than a Greek.Warwick I am now of the Jeremy Clarkson school of thought which says that only friendless failures emigrate. *“In the wh...
by Istronian
Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: A website listing British expat property and used cars for sale?
Replies: 30
Views: 7050

Re: A website listing British expat property and used cars for sale?

Ultimately it means British couples speaking to British couples which would automatically instill a sense of comfort and trust whilst benefiting the expat community as a whole.[/color] Richard In my 11 years in Crete I have only been "screwed" twice to my knowledge. On both occasions it w...
by Istronian
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek driving licence application
Replies: 18
Views: 3444

Re: Greek driving licence application

Just one of hundreds (thousands?) of UK laws based on EU Directives that the UK has to decide whether to scrap, modify or keep unchanged and then negotiate that decision with "the EU" which might have 27 different views. Difficult to speculate? Warwick This is a typical comment from a “Re...

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